winter foot pain

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Every winter for the past few years my feet have had a serious problem. As soon as it gets cold outside they begin to hurt and swell near the ball of the feet and around the toes. Sometimes the pain takes on an itching and burning feeling. My feet are not cold and if anything feel worse when I keep them warm/hot. I wear loose, comfortable shoes and minimize walking and they still hurt enough to be debilitating. I have had blood tests for Rheumatoid, etc. and my doctors had no useful suggestions. I am female and 29 years old.


    Vivian Abrams DPM

    9 10

    What you are describing sounds like Raynaud’s Phenomenon. It is basically a spasm of small blood vessels in the extremities. It may or may not be associated with an autoimmune disorder. There are mentions of treatments in medical literature ranging from oral medication to topical medication and also just keeping the feet warm and dry. There is also a possibility that you may have elevated cryoglobulins. You might want to check with an internist or rheumatologist.


    9 10

    Rachel – I was wondering if you ever figured out what was going on with the swollen winter toes? I ask because I have the same problem and I really don’t know what to do about it. I’m a female, 31 years old, and it has been happening to me in the winters for about 5 years.


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